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Hillary Dobbs and Marengo Take Speed Classic Victory at 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival
Photo Credit: Hillary Dobbs and Marengo, winners of the $15,000 NHS Speed
Classic at the 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival. Photo
(C) 2007 Randi Muster.
Jennifer Wood of
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- In her first year of seriously showing in the grand prix ranks, 19-year-old
Hillary Dobbs of Sussex,
NJ, is making a name for herself. The Harvard University
sophomore is giving the seasoned professionals a run for their money this year,
and she showed why today. She and Marengo, a 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding,
caught the win by over three seconds to take the top place in the $15,000 NHS
Speed Classic, CSI, at the 124th National Horse Show and Family
Festival. Margie Engle and Hidden Creek's Calippo 12 were second, while Mario
Deslauriers (CAN) on Levantos was third.
Today's class had 31 entries, but only four were able to
find the key to a clear round with no jumping or time faults. Three riders had
no jumping faults, but accumulated enough time faults to keep them out of the
top ten. Darragh Kerins (IRE) and Double H Farm's Mayebelline had only one time
fault to finish in fifth place. The fastest four-faulter today was Kent
Farrington on Nerina, who finished in a speedy 65.700 seconds.
The first clear round in the class came from yesterday's
winner, Nicole Simpson, this time on Concerto, another Jane F. Clark-owned
entry. They set the pace at 71.53 seconds. Four rounds later, the lead changed
hands when Deslauriers squeaked by Simpson's time on Levantos, who is owned by
AvailableJumpers.com. Deslauriers crossed the timers in 71.30 seconds.
Riding out of the 21st position in the order,
speed demon Margie Engle and Hidden Creek's Calippo 12 blazed around the Pierre
Jolicouer-designed course. They took 4/10ths of a second off the winning time
in 70.92 seconds.
Hillary Dobbs and Marengo have made speed their forte this
year, and they demonstrated their ability today. Keeping a consistent, quick
pace, Dobbs made short work of the course. She clipped an amazing three and a
half seconds from Engle's time and finished in 67.46 seconds. She only had to
wait for two more trips to see if she would lead the victory gallop. When those
two had faults, Dobbs entered the ring for the awards presentation.
Dobbs got a look at the course earlier when she rode her
first horse Corlett. After a slip in the corner, they had a mishap at the
liverpool oxer. Dobbs learned from that and made adjustments for her round on
Marengo. "When I came back with my second horse, we upped the studs and he's a
little more sure-footed. I gave him a little more time around the turns, and
he's a naturally quick horse. That worked to our advantage, and it was enough
Despite her caution, she and Marengo had no trouble stepping
up the pace. "For the second (horse) I was more calm and gave him a little more
time, although I have to say my instincts took over a little bit and I went a
little faster than I was planning," she laughed.
Dobbs praised her "competitive" horse and noted, "When I go
in there and get him all revved up he takes over. He knows his job."
The talented young rider flew down from Boston yesterday, and this was her first
class of the week. The move up to the open jumpers this year was a solid one
for Dobbs, who is now competing against her riding idols and on the field she
dreamed of as a young rider. "It's such a dream come true to even be competing
with them. I feel so lucky to be able to be competitive with this field of
riders, and I'm really honored," she said.
Tomorrow's highlight jumper class is phase one of the
Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, presented by Equine Motorcoach.
It is part of the "Jumping Under the Stars Gala," and will be held under the
lights on the Internationale Arena field. The opening ceremonies will begin at
$15,000 NHS Speed Classic, CSI
1. MARENGO, HILLARY DOBBS, THE DOBBS GROUP, 0/67.460
2. HIDDEN CREEK'S CALIPPO 12, MARGIE ENGLE, HIDDEN CREEK FARM, 0/70.920
3. LEVANTOS, MARIO DESLAURIERS, AVAILABLE JUMPERS.COM, 0/71.300
4. CONCERTO, NICOLE SIMPSON, JANE F. CLARK, 0/71.550
5. MAYEBELLINE, DARRAGH KERINS, DOUBLE H FARM, 1/80.450
6. NERINA, KENT
FARRINGTON, JAVIER SALVADOR,
7. LARIOSO, MCLAIN WARD, BLUECHIP BLOODSTOCK, 4/66.570
8. H & M OBERON, ALI WOLFF, BLACKLICK BEND
9. LUTOPIA, NICOLE SIMPSON, JANE F. CLARK, 4/76.160
10. 529 OBELIX R, LISA SILVERMAN, LISA SILVERMAN, 4/77.466
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